Issued on: 06/07/2020 – 05:24
Britain's separation talks with the European Union resume Monday with few signs of compromise on a new trade agreement and time running out to avoid a messy split.
London will host EU negotiator Michel Barnier after a round of face-to-face talks ended a day early last week in Brussels because of deep divides in the sides' approach.
Barnier said after ending the negotiations last Thursday that "serious divergences remain".
His UK counterpart David Frost said there were "significant differences" that meant the sides were still searching for basic "principles underlying an agreement".
And German Chancellor Angela Merkel said upon taking over help of the EU's rotating presidency Wednesday that both her country and the 27-nation bloc "should prepare for the case that an agreement is not reached".
Britain followed through on the results of a 2016 EU membership referendum and officially pulled out of the bloc in Ja..